Burgundy cycling holiday, France
Description of Burgundy cycling holiday, France
The itinerary for this wonderful nine day Burgundy cycling holiday in France reads more like a fine wine list than an activity holiday. But this is Burgundy, where vineyards dominate the verdant rolling hills and where all you have to do is cycle from one stunning town to the next and know that some of the world’s epicurean delights await at the end of the day.
Starting in Auxerre, a stunning medieval city on the banks of the River Yonne, a cycling path along the banks makes for the most delightful start to any cycling holiday, passing ancient monasteries, abbeys and all round pastoral prettiness. The next wine on the menu is Chablis where you stay at the historic four star Hostellerie du Clos and have a full day to explore vineyards and wineries for tasting sessions. More river paths await, this time on the Serein which leads you out of Chablis into more Bourgogne beauteous ‘sur Serein’ towns and rural idylls. Such as Noyers-sur-Serein, which must be up there as one of the prettiest villages in France with its medieval half-timbered houses and meandering alley ways where flowers bedeck every balcony and doorway.
One of the final stops on this cycling holiday is in Vezelay, which has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status for cultural heritage highlights that include its much celebrated Mary Magdalene Basilica. We will stay just beside it at the Hotel Les Glycines before taking our final cycle through Morvan Natural Park along the Canal du Nivernais to Cravant where we take a train back to Auxerre. With your bags transported for you from one accommodation to the next, where wonderful breakfasts and dinners await, all you need to do on this holiday is pedal from one pretty spot to the next, and find the most perfect waterside spot to have your lunch. And this region isn’t short of those.
Planet and peopleUK Office:
We are well aware of the impact tourism has at home and abroad, and we make every effort to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there. So we start in the office: we turn off all electrical equipment every night; we use energy-efficient bulbs; we measure print and paper consumption, and re-cycle wherever possible; we print our brochures on paper from sustainable sources, and send them out in bio-degradable packaging.
Leaders & local suppliers:
Over the past 20 years, Burgundy has invested in the transformation of hundreds of kilometres of canals and river paths to attract tourism, so we are delighted to be supporting the local efforts by ensuring that our suggested cycling routes use these paths wherever possible. Not only do they afford quiet, leisurely cycling, but they also give you an opportunity to see flora and fauna in abundance – grey heron, egrets, kingfishers, ospreys and cormorants. 2013 will be our 25th year of offering holidays to the region – we reckon that adds up to around 60,000 bed nights!
Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.
Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when you’re strolling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way motorists passing through never can. On foot, you get off the beaten track, and you’ll find that people treat you as a visitor rather than a tourist. Also, by walking independently, and not having to worry about keeping up with a group, you set the pace so you can soak up the sights, sounds and scents of your surrounds and really get under the skin of the place you’re visiting.
We proactively encourage walking clients to think about travelling responsibly too: packing light, saving water, buying locally and re-cycling all maps and route notes at the end of their trip.
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